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Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation

Since his debut, 1993's Kirk Franklin & the Family, Kirk Franklin has been one of the brightest stars in contemporary gospel music. The album spent 100 weeks on the gospel charts (some of those on top), crossed over to the R&B charts, and became the first gospel debut album to go platinum. His second album, Kirk Franklin & the Family Christmas, became the genre's first Christmas album to make it to number one, and his 1996 album Whatcha Lookin' 4 went gold as soon as it was distributed. With such phenomenal success, it is small wonder that some have hailed him as "the Garth Brooks of gospel." Still, despite all the adulation and brouhaha, Franklin remains a humble, devout Christian, eschewing the title "entertainer" in favor of labeling himself as just a "church boy."

Franklin's road to the top, though quick, was far from smooth. Abandoned by his mother and never having known his father, Franklin was reared by his Aunt Gertrude, a deeply religious woman who raised him as a strict Baptist. When he was four, she paid for his piano lessons by collecting aluminum cans. The lessons were money well spent, for Franklin was a natural musician who could sight read and play by ear with equal facility. At age 11, he was leading the Mt. Rose Baptist Church adult choir near Dallas. Despite, or because of, his church background, Franklin began rebelling in his teens and getting into trouble until one of his friends was accidentally shot and killed at age 15.

Realizing that he had chosen a bad road, Franklin returned to the fold and began composing songs, recording, and conducting. Since 1991, he has been backed up by his 17-member choir, the Family, a group comprised of friends and associates from his younger days (interestingly, one member of the Family, Jon Drummond, made it to the semifinals of the 100-meter sprint at the 1996 Olympics). Support from his pastor, his wife Tammy, whom he married in early 1996, and the four children they brought to the marriage help keep Franklin close to his religious core, and he returned in 1998 with Nu Nation Project. The album topped the Billboard Top 200 charts (peaking at number seven) and remained on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart for 49 weeks, paving the way for Franklin's third Grammy (Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album).

Over the course of the next few years, Franklin worked on the soundtrack of the movie Kingdom Come (contributing the single "Thank You") and released another album, 2002's The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin. Making good on the success of its predecessor, the disc soared to number four on the Billboard 200 chart and spent 29 weeks on the Gospel Albums chart. Two more chart-topping albums emerged out in the next four years, Hero (2005) and Songs for the Storm, Vol. 1 (2006), both of which topped the gospel charts at the time of their release. Hero went on to win two Grammys in late 2006.

The following year, he released The Fight of My Life, an all-star affair featuring contributions from Rance Allen, tobyMac, and Melvin Williams, among others. It topped the Gospel Albums chart and broke into the Top 40 of the Billboard 200. In 2010, following the tragic earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Franklin assembled an even bigger crowd of gospel all-stars in Nashville’s Quad Studios to record the benefit single “Are You Listening." His next studio album, 2011's Hello Fear, featured "I Smile," his first hit on the pop charts since 2005. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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Take the pain away Jesus! ! Thank you Jesus! !
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Tthank you Jesus
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Joy comes n da morning Amem
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Amen there isn't 0:)
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There is nothing to hard for God!
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Amen thank you.
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This song is so nice
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I feel Jesus working
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They know what to play when your down
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Amen
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God is Good
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Thanks to all who priase and worship.i love what fred Hammond is doing
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G fg h or f ogk for your help with you have to be able and the new York and i
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Beautiful song yes family.... Preach
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Very inspiring.
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This song is so encouraging. #onrepeat
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That's all I need is Jesus Herman
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Love that song make more
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I want to sing this song one day
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Love this song Because for who you are want to sing this song in the choir oneday
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I love Kirk Franklin from the frist time I heard him !! God Bless keep on letting God use u������
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He is a gift from God
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Southern gospel music
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I remember.... s o much....in thought.
Sometimes stoping ,myself. Meditating in holy scripture... i s an only support..... . . T E A C H THIS ...AS YOU GET BACK -UP AGAIN!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Got a minute ? There's a church that was built and they need monetary donations to help cover expenses , the church is Saint Patrick church - 1046 E. 34 th street Los Angeles California 90011 - (323) 232- 8756 ( 323) 234- 5963 - Pastor Rev. Timothy Dyer - Jesus is God :)
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For me a beginning... A started binomial way....Amen. . . B l e s s e d mine...A friend I love unconditiona l . . . We bad...She P.R...am Cuban flag.. Love her...Can we for her pray???Amen. . . . A m her sister from Another island... Am older...Tire of Been street fighter... Instead of fighting her..violenc e street devils science... But am here..She won't seem to understandin g . . God and me..Am spirituality . . . Prayersy mathematics. . .
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This'jpint' reminds me...doing my post-graduat e training.
In the WILLIAMS SISTERS HOME TOWN.
This young girl attempted. Entrapment accusation,a g a i n s t me.
When wuestion via offical law enforcement authorities.
I was released,as "Person-of-I n t e r e s t ' .
Glory be to CREATOR OF HEAVEND & EARTH.
A QUALIFIED EMPLOYEE FROM HUMAN SERVICES DEPT. VOUCHED FOR ME.
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Listen people.....t h e ONLY ONE. Seen to my safety. To witness to you. Because sweet JESUS. Gided me from .North to South. East to West coasts of,this U.S.A.!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Wait...was that Trina!?
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Beautiful. Yes we do !! Amen
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If i can help......an d you needing that......in a proper manner...... t h e bible teaches ye shall find!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Make this Thursday,Mar c h 5, 2015
THANKFULL!
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God said to love thy neighborhood . .
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Hold on
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It solves everything
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Yes in deed
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God bless you for the music that God brought tthrew you for us!
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Best songs ever
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Thank you so much for sing this song it really has made me think bout my life An all I've over come by God's word an his grace thank you so very much God bless
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Thank Kirk Franklin I really love this song
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U go Kirk11
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POWERFUL SONG
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God is really using this song in my life. I had fallen but im up and dont want to go down again.
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this is song is EVERYTHING!
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